Wilmington NC's Women's Fitness & Nutrition Expert Reveals 5 Metabolism Myths that Are Preventing You From Losing Weight

5 Metabolism Myths That Are Preventing You From Losing Weight


With all the misinformation out there it’s no wonder we as a society struggle to safely lose weight and effectively keep it off. Trendy diets, quick fix crazes and debunked sciences all contribute to the confusion about staying slim. Here are 4 metabolism myths that are preventing you from lo.sing weight

Claim: Our metabolic rates can't change.
The truth:
 While it's true that genetics help determine our metabolic rates, we can boost metabolism by increasing lean muscle mass. Muscle burns more calories per hour than fat, which means that people with lean, muscular bodies need more calories to function than people with a higher percentage of body fat.

Our muscle mass decreases as we age, and this contributes to a slower metabolic rate. But you can counteract this process by picking up the weights to help lessen this decline.

Claim: A diet of green tea and chili peppers will boost metabolism.
The truth:
 No magic food will speed up metabolism. Some studies have shown that green tea and hot chilies temporarily boost metabolic rates, but the lift isn't enough to offset eating too many calories.

The path to healthy weight loss is through portion control and a balanced diet filled with nutrient-rich foods, not through a diet doused in chili peppers.

Claim: Eating late at night slows metabolism.
The truth:
 It's the extra calories — not when you eat them — that cause weight gain. There is little evidence to support the fact that eating after 8 p.m. causes weight gain. However, you may be more likely to snack mindlessly in the evenings while watching television. Calories in these snacks add up, and that can cause weight gain.

Claim: Very low calorie diets and skipping meals can jumpstart weight loss.
The truth: 
Weight loss is all about creating an energy deficit — ingesting fewer calories than your body expends each day — but creating too large of a calorie deficit can backfire. Our bodies are smart and programmed for survival. Severely limiting calories can make your body think it's entering a famine, and that it needs to do more with fewer calories. Your body adapts to the restricted caloric intake, and uses fewer calories to perform the same tasks.

The truth is, anyone at any age facing any genetic makeup can lose weight and keep it off with clean eating and exercise. Yes, it is not sexy, but it has proven to be the best strategy time and time again. Take Lindsay Smith for example. For the past five months, Lindsay has followed our TakeDown Lifestyle program and exercised three times a week in our small group personal training program. She's lost almost 30 pounds and her clothes are fitting better. More importantly, she has learned a system that fits her busy lifestyle and she feels like she will be able to stick with it for the long haul! Go Lindsay!

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If you find yourself struggling to stick to keep off the pounds then I encourage you to consider our TakeDown Lifestyle program. The TakeDown Lifestyle is a one-on-one nutrition coaching program that teaches how to balance the BIG THREE: portion sizes, macro-nutrient balance, and timing. These three components alone are the key to your success. Click Here to Learn More.


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